Friday, September 19, 2014

Bethe Correia: I will not allow Ronda Rousey to retire undefeated

“My dream is to become the champion, and I will get this belt,” Correia told MMAjunkie. “I am an undefeated UFC employee, and when they schedule my fight against Ronda, I’ll still be undefeated – and I’ll retire undefeated. I will not allow her to retire undefeated. I am telling you that I will fight her and win.”

“I have a faith above normal,” Correia said. “I think that’s what makes champions – the willpower – and I can guarantee that mine is the highest. “I am in a moment where the only thing I see is my dream and my goal. I don’t enter the octagon thinking that I can beat that girl or win that fight; I enter with the certainty that I will beat that opponent. I am sure that Ronda knows who she will face. When we face off, I am sure that she will respect me because she will know that she is facing someone on her level.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fedor Emelianenko discusses UFC negotiation with Michael Schiavello on AXS TV

“We were unable to make a deal. They offered unacceptable conditions,” Emelianenko says in the interview with Schiavello. “Actually, when I fought in PRIDE, we had the best fighters in the world. Back then, the UFC had a very serious and big crisis. They were going through some hard times being able to get top fighters. All the best fighters were in PRIDE. Later on, when PRIDE ceased to exist, the UFC didn’t immediately pick up speed.
“Currently, the UFC is a super organization – probably the best. There are several top fighters in every weight category. (But) in general, it’s hard to see the whole picture, I’d say. There are some fighters who are interesting to watch, but the rest of them – it’s not interesting to me.”

Monday, September 8, 2014

UFC Fight Night 51 lineup

The full UFC Fight Night 51 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva
  • Piotr Hallmann vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Efrain Escudero vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Wendell Oliveira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Larissa Moreira Pacheco
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:45 p.m. ET)
  • Dashon Johnson vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Igor Araujo vs. George Sullivan
  • Leandro Silva vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Sean Spencer vs. Paulo Thiago

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gegard Mousasi says he 'lacked fighting spirit' in loss to 'Jacare' Souza

“I think he was just relentless with his takedowns,” Mousasi told MMAjunkie. “He did a good job with that. I think I lacked a little bit of fighting spirit today.”

“Too many trainings, too many fights, cancelation of a fight (at UFC 176),” Mousasi said. “My head wasn’t in it. Not taking anything away from ‘Jacare.’ I hope he fights for the belt and I hope he wins it and he’s successful.”

Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz Brawl

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ronda Rousey Demands Fight Against Apparent New Rival

"As soon as (Correia) started talking, (Rousey) texted me and said, 'I want that fight; I want it now,'" White said. "'I want it before someone else beats her,' and I said, 'Calm down, lady. You've got other people to fight. We'll figure it out."

"I don't think Bethe moves up because of the rivalry. I think Bethe moves up because of what she did tonight. That was crazy. The punches she hit (Baszler) with, I haven't seen anything like that since (Phil) Baroni (vs. Dave) Menne. She looked good tonight. That's what's going to get her a fight with Rousey."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dana White: 'There's a Ronda Rousey' on 'The Ultimate Fighter 20'

“I love this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,'” White said on Saturday (watch his entire post-UFC 177 media scrum below). “It’s way better than the last season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … It’s a really good season. The reality is great, but the fights are f-cking awesome, and that’s all I really care about. That’s the way I feel about ‘TUF: Mexico’ too. Going into ‘TUF 19,’ I knew. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I don’t know how long people are going to hang in there for this.’ But we’ve got a good one this season. Everybody is going to be happy.”

“Women’s MMA has come so far in 13 years,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. You guys are going to be blown away (by ‘TUF 20′). Yeah, there’s a Ronda Rousey on this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Absolutely.”

UFC Fight Night 53 lineup set with four main-card bouts on UFC Fight Pass

The UFC Fight Night 53 card includes:
MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
  • Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
  • Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
PRELIMINARY CARD (12:10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
  • Scott Askham vs. Magnus Cedenblad
  • Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev
  • Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford
  • Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng
  • Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov